Web 2.0 and civic/social media technologies are dynamic tools for informing residents about issues in the community, encouraging collaboration, and engaging the public in government decision making. To recognize state and local governments for excellence in the field of Web 2.0, the Washington-based Public Technology Institute (PTI) has launched the "Web 2.0 State & Local Government Awards & Recognition Program."

The program seeks to recognize excellence in the field of Web 2.0 and civic/social networking for effective communications, increased citizen participation, and improved efficiencies in government service. Awards will be presented for best practices in the use of Web 2.0 and for exceptional accomplishments in citizen engagement, innovative technology, accountability, mobile applications, economic development, public safety and education.

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